At least John Boehner is being honest when he notes that people are either going to vote for Barack Obama or Not Barack Obama in November. Almost no one is actually going to go into the voting booth in order to vote for Mitt Romney.
Speaking last week at a fundraiser in Wheeling, W.Va., Boehner was surprisingly candid in his characterization of Romney’s candidacy when asked, in a question-and-answer session: “Can you make me love Mitt Romney?”
“No,” he answered, as first reported by Roll Call. “Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney.”
He added that the presumptive Republican nominee had “some friends, relatives, and fellow Mormons… some people that are going to vote for him,” but suggested that at the end of the day, Republicans would be voting against President Obama rather than for Romney.
“I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama,” Boehner said. “This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies.”
Basically, the GOP is banking on conservatives not caring at all about the guy with the R next to his name on the ballot. Their entire strategy — as it’s been since our last presidential election — is to get rid of Obama. They’d run a houseplant against him, if the Constitution allowed it.
Their argument is that people literally shouldn’t care who our President will be for the next four years … as long as it’s not Obama. There’s no need to be excited by him; no need to agree with him; no need to believe he’s the best qualified; no need even to like him … all that matters is that he’s not the Democrat.
This, apparently, is the best that Americans can do when it comes to politics.